Linda Hall
Douglasville, PA

Email: lindah40@juno.com


Linda Hall began her quilting passion quite by accident in 1985. She was living in New York City at the time, with her Minister/husband, a set of twin infants and another baby on the way. She was always a seamstress but got tired of maternity clothes and ran out of things to sew. So on a family camping trip she happened upon a small quilt shop in New Hampshire and began building a stash of fat quarters with no idea why.“ From the first time I fell in love with quilts I saw them as art. Design, color, pattern, like a painting or puzzle was entirely up to me to formulate. Cutting up fabric, each with it’s own personality, and sewing it back together with other fabrics into a new form fascinated me. I was hooked!!! From then until now I am continually experimenting with new ways to make fabric “talk”. I try unusual combinations of other materials and techniques to expand my arsenal of skills in order to be free to design each piece with a message or meaning.”

After completing several art quilts she began exhibiting her work in local, regional and national juried quilt competitions with numerous awards and ribbons granted. Her quilts have been published in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazines and the AQS Desk Calendars. She was also featured on the Lifetime Real Women TV channel with a short biography of her life and work. Ten years ago, she took the advice of a friend and developed Beginning and Intermediate Quilting courses complete with manuals, and teaches each semester in the local High School and Community College Adult Ed. Programs. She also travels and teaches workshops in Quilt Shops and gives lectures at churches and Quilter’s Guilds from NY, NJ, PA, DE, and MD. She has a home-based business doing free-lance commission work for several quilt-related companies and hand-paints and sells her own fabrics through her classes and workshops. She is also a member of Quilt Professionals Network in New Jersey.

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Blessed Is the Woman #2
52" h x 60" w

This wallhanging is constructed of 119 different fabrics, including ones I have hand-dyed myself which include; cotton, tulle, lace, spun and unspun mohair yarns, wool, silk, rayon, beads, pebbles, semi-precious stones, metallic, polyester, rayon and monofilament threads. 2002


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The inspiration for this wall hanging came from a favorite verse from the Bible that I have used as my “life message” since my college days. The verse is as follows: Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and it never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7,8

The trees symbolize the choices each of us make as we live our lives out through the rotation of 5 seasons of life – winter, spring, summer, fall and rainy.

The circle of light symbolizes that most of the days are happy but the storms of life surround the tree as suggested by the dark and rainy skies. The root system symbolizes the depth the tree has to dig to root itself into the water table below – where it’s lonely, dark, cold and hard work but necessary in order to grow tall and well-formed (outer life) with an equally mature root system (inner life). The outer borders suggest the continuation of the life story beyond the edges of the quilt – the future yet unseen.


Tropical Tidepool
57" h x 64" w

This wallhanging is constructed of my own hand dyed fabrics and commercial cottons, tissue lame, tulle, polyester sheer, rayon, metallic and monofilament


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threads, wool, shells, beads, rayon fringe

This quilt was originally designed for my youngest son to take to college. However, it grew too large and complex to decorate a college dorm room so I decided to keep it and make him another, smaller one for his wall. It is meant to be dream-like to describe his lifelong desire of living in a tropical environment near the ocean. I included all of the details of a day dawning in Florida where we have visited over the years and which impressed him very much. It also includes some of my experimental work with unusual embellishment techniques that I hope help it to appear more realistic and lifelike.

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